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Derec

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FFS Derec—I know how to pass and do well in organic chemistry.
I didn't suggest you didn't. This is not about you, this is about NYU firing a professor because 80 GenZ students think the Orgo class is "too hard". It is also about a college in Georgia de facto cutting out more than 1/4 of GenChem curriculum to make the class easier.

Did you skip the part where I wrote I have a minor in biochemistry? I fucking did organic chemistry just fine. It wasn’t the most difficult course I’ve taken but it was probably one that I ended up disliking because of how it was taught.
Again, I did not suggest you personally did not. So why are you arguing with me about a point I did not make?

There is no need to ‘dumb it down’ in order to r teach it. Profs just need to deign to do some actual teaching.
I agreed with you that some professors could get better at actual teaching. That does not mean that this alone would every student would pass a hard class like Orgo or that dumbing down classes to increase grades is not happening already.

You did not even comment about colleges de facto cutting out topics like redox from GenChem because professors are not covering them in their lectures and exams. What do you think about that?
 

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I agree that Biden gets too much blame in some circles. At the same time, other circles respond by claiming that he (and the Dems) deserve no blame whatsoever. Both are wrong.
... I must admit, Biden is in an unenviable position when it comes to energy policy. Between a rock and a hard place, or if you want to be more highbrow, between Scylla and Charybdis. On one side is the consumers who do not want to pay high prices for oil. On the other is his base, which tends to be very environmentalist and opposed to oil production and transport (esp. pipelines for some reason).

Did any Infidel claim that Dem stimulus "deserve no blame whatsoever" for inflation? But it's good to see you finally acknowledge — if that's what this was — that the stimulus was not the SINGLE major cause of inflation.

I for one think the impending demise of American democracy is a far more serious problem than a one-time price surge. Out of curiosity, how do you feel about that, Derec? Whose victory should rational Americans hope for if the 2024 choice is between Trump (or DeSantis) and Biden?

Maximizing voter support should be the top priority for Democrats. If "buying" support with "giveaways" is the way to do that — though it's not clear that it is — include me in! History shows that democracy is EXTREMELY fragile; and the U.S. is on the brink of disaster. ANY opinion about U.S. politics that doesn't start with an emphasis on Republican hatreds, lies and agenda to subvert democracy is a misguided opinion.

... the great resignation (using the money from excess fiscal stimulus btw) led to an increase in wages workers demanded, also putting an upward pressure on prices.

Mental illness (and its corollary, drug abuse) is one of the biggest problems facing the U.S.A. If the stimulus freed some people from a vicious cycle of stressful drudgery, that is good. Even if a haircut now costs a few dollars more.

Inflation is complicated and it's usually due to many different factors and circumstances, especially with all the problems facing the world today. I'm tired of the stupid comments that it's all the fault of Biden or Congress. That's just a simplistic way of looking at it.
I never said it was ALL the fault of Biden and Congress. But he does have his share of the blame. The major fiscal stimulus was continued well after the economy reopened which was inflationary - and remember Biden and much of Congress wanted even more spending.

If you weren't so adamant in your hatreds for AOC, Pelosi and all things Democratic, I might be taking your side in this debate! Here's another arrow for your quiver: Germany measures its inflation rate via Euros, Japan via Yen, and so on. The dollar has soared against Euro and Yen; inflation comparisons would change if dollar pricing were used.

FWIW, I have a minor in biochemistry.
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Does this sort of snark contribute to discussion? Or did you just want to signal that Pelosi is another unobtainable woman whose affection you covet?
 

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Did any Infidel claim that Dem stimulus "deserve no blame whatsoever" for inflation?
Maybe not in those exact words, but that is definitely the gist of the claims Zipr and others are making. Also see the Katie Porter thread.
But it's good to see you finally acknowledge — if that's what this was — that the stimulus was not the SINGLE major cause of inflation.
What do you mean? I never claimed inflation was monocausal. I always maintained that fiscal policy and supply chain issues mutually reinforced each other.

I for one think the impending demise of American democracy is a far more serious problem than a one-time price surge.
One-time? The inflation is still high, but lower than the peak. To bring it down Fed had to impose steep interest rate hikes, which may still push us into a recession.
Also, inflation can reinforce itself by price expectations and and wage-price spiral. The high inflation era of the 70s wasn't easy to get out of for those reasons. I hope Fed acted soon enough to avoid that this time.

Out of curiosity, how do you feel about that, Derec? Whose victory should rational Americans hope for if the 2024 choice is between Trump (or DeSantis) and Biden?
I usually vote Dem. I voted for Obama twice and Biden once.
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But that does not mean I do not have a lot of criticism for the Dems where appropriate. And when it comes to spending like a drunken sailor, criticism is very much appropriate.

Maximizing voter support should be the top priority for Democrats. If "buying" support with "giveaways" is the way to do that — though it's not clear that it is — include me in! History shows that democracy is EXTREMELY fragile; and the U.S. is on the brink of disaster. ANY opinion about U.S. politics that doesn't start with an emphasis on Republican hatreds, lies and agenda to subvert democracy is a misguided opinion.
There are several things wrong with this paragraph. For one, you are exaggerating dangers to the US democracy (while downplaying dangers to our economy). Also, buying voters' support with misguided fiscal stimulus is a bad policy and should not be encouraged. Third, you seem to be saying that Reps should never again win the presidency - which is a very dangerous language, as dangerous to democracy as you claim GOP is.

Mental illness (and its corollary, drug abuse) is one of the biggest problems facing the U.S.A. If the stimulus freed some people from a vicious cycle of stressful drudgery, that is good. Even if a haircut now costs a few dollars more.
Me reading the above:
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If you weren't so adamant in your hatreds for AOC, Pelosi and all things Democratic, I might be taking your side in this debate!
Sigh. I do not hate "all things Democratic". Hell, I usually vote for them. I do not even hate AOC, but I do think she and her far-left Squad are bad for the Democratic Party and bad for the US.
But did I read this right? You may be taking my side if not for your misconceptions about my feelings toward Democrats?
Here's another arrow for your quiver: Germany measures its inflation rate via Euros, Japan via Yen, and so on. The dollar has soared against Euro and Yen; inflation comparisons would change if dollar pricing were used.
Well it is natural that inflation is measured in the currency of the country in question. But here is another one: inflation rates between countries are difficult to compare, as each country will measure it differently.

Does this sort of snark contribute to discussion?
I was being a bit snarky, sure.
What I meant with the clap is "good for you Toni" about her bioChem minor and having done well in Orgo. It was partly genuine and partly snarky simply because my points were not about her, but about the whiny crybabies who got a professor fired because the class was "too hard".
By the way, what do you think about firing a professor because of a petition signed by <1/4 of students in a class? Or how about the dumbing down of genChem curriculum at a local Georgia college I witnessed and described upthread?
Do you have any thoughts about that, or are you too busy speculating about whose "affections" I might covet?

Or did you just want to signal that Pelosi is another unobtainable woman whose affection you covet?
Now who is being snarky? Of course you are wrong here - I am not lpetrich! I do not covet their "affection". LMAO at the very suggestion!
 

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FFS Derec—I know how to pass and do well in organic chemistry.
I didn't suggest you didn't. This is not about you, this is about NYU firing a professor because 80 GenZ students think the Orgo class is "too hard". It is also about a college in Georgia de facto cutting out more than 1/4 of GenChem curriculum to make the class easier.

Did you skip the part where I wrote I have a minor in biochemistry? I fucking did organic chemistry just fine. It wasn’t the most difficult course I’ve taken but it was probably one that I ended up disliking because of how it was taught.
Again, I did not suggest you personally did not. So why are you arguing with me about a point I did not make?

There is no need to ‘dumb it down’ in order to r teach it. Profs just need to deign to do some actual teaching.
I agreed with you that some professors could get better at actual teaching. That does not mean that this alone would every student would pass a hard class like Orgo or that dumbing down classes to increase grades is not happening already.

You did not even comment about colleges de facto cutting out topics like redox from GenChem because professors are not covering them in their lectures and exams. What do you think about that?
I agree that in all likelihood, the prof should not have been fired.

My personal observation is that perhaps students’ complaints about organic being ‘too hard’ was a pretext or a last straw.
 

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A worldwide simultaneous jump in inflation strongly suggests that the quick acceleration is due mainly to supply shocks and constraints rather than overly expansionary policy. Your simplistic “more money chasing fewer goods” explicitly acknowledges the supply shock influence.
It is not simplistic, as I never denied the role the supply shock played. But policy played a role in making inflation worse than it had to be.
“Mainly” does not mean exclusively due to supply shocks.
Do you acknowledge that fiscal policy played a major role, or are you still hanging on the fable that it is "corporate greed" instead?
I never said anything that could remotely interpreted as claiming the current inflation is mainly due to corporate greed. I did say lack of competition exacerbated our inflation.

I think it is either deep economic ignorance or ideological rigidity to think the major factor in this large spike in worldwide inflation is expansionary policy. At best, expansionary policy may sustain the spike.
 

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My personal observation is that perhaps students’ complaints about organic being ‘too hard’ was a pretext or a last straw.
Maybe some of them should have gone for Vo-Tech.
FFS sometimes profs are horrid as people, not just as instructors. Sometimes profs are verbally abusive students, are obviously vehemently racist or sexist, unfair, have not put one second's thought or effort into a class for decades, and more. I personally know of profs who called students stupid in class, made students feel stupid for asking a question, told female students they didn't belong in the field and should just find husbands, who struck students (!), who reused the same test for years and punished students who accidentally stumbled upon that fact and used copies of old tests to help prepare, who 'accidentally' marked some correct answers wrong on the tests of certain students they disliked. Off the top of my head. For certain the profs who physically strike students, call them stupid or tell them they don't belong in a class because they are female (or male) should have lost their jobs. Of course, there are those who engage in sexual relationships with students, sometimes exchanging grades for sex. Even if students complain--which in my observation is extremely rare, admin is generally too lazy to fire them for the actual reason they deserve to be fired and will find some other stupid reason (class is too hard!) if they bother taking any action at all.
 
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